175 Zetabytes. This is the amount of data that will be produced annually between 2025 and 2025. This is 1 trillion gigabytes. According to the same study 59% of this data will be stored in cloud storage. Amazon offers many options for data storage, including a NoSQL or relational database.
Although a variety of storage options can be wonderful, it can also lead to analysis paralysis for new cloud developers. It might not be easy to determine which storage service is best for you.
This article will discuss two of the most common data storage services offered by AWS: S3 or EBS. It will also explain which one is best suited for a particular situation.
S3 and EBS: Quick Look
S3, or Simple Storage Service (Amazon’s primary data storage service), is S3. S3 was Amazon’s flagship service back in 2006. EBS was launched in 2008 later than SQS and was designed with EC2 instances.
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Why Cloud Storage: All-Accessible Storage
Every business needs a secure place to store, retrieve and analyze its data. However, before AWS and the cloud, businesses had to rely on their own data centers. The more data a business uses, the more complicated data centers will become. Security, disaster recovery, maintenance, and maintenance are all issues that organizations need to be concerned about.
Data analysis is becoming more important to a business’s success. This means that organizations need to constantly hire and rely upon individuals to maintain and curate their data centers. Instead of focusing on their core business objectives, organizations began to spend too much time, money and resources on data storage. This is what S3 solved.
Instead of having to manage all this data in a data centre, it can be uploaded to the cloud. Your company will no longer have to worry about buying more server racks or dealing with faulty cables. S3 takes care of all the details of data hardware.
What should be stored using S3?
A majority of AWS users use S3 to store frequently accessed stat data. Static data can be photos, documents, HTML pages, or other customer data. S3 is the best choice for static content because of the way the data is stored.
All S3 data are stored as a key/value pair. This makes it very easy for the computer and other devices to retrieve the data. It’s like looking at the index in a chemistry book. Let’s say you need to find information about carbon. You will quickly scan the alphabetized index to find the page number containing the information about carbon. S3 works exactly like that.
It is a great candidate, unlike EBS, for housing data that you need to quickly serve up (such as photos or static web pages), especially if it will be served in multiple places.
What is EBS good at? If S3 is best for static documents, then what is EBS good at? Let’s see.
EBS: An EC2 Instance’s Pack Horse
Data accessibility is a major difference between EBS (Elastic Block Storage), and S3. Access to the S3 bucket’s endpoint is possible anywhere as long as it is accessible to the public. EBS, on the other hand is mounted to a specific EC2 instance. This may sound like a problem, but it is not. EBS was created to house completely different data than S3.
Software applications are one example of data that could be stored on EBS. Imagine that your business required every EC2 instance to have Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint installed. Because EBS is